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EXCLUSIVE! FIRST-EVER DIGITAL RELEASE ANYWHERE! (SAJ-24) http://www.fmp-label.de/freemusicproduction/labelscatalog/saj24.html . In many ways, this is a lost John Tchicai album. It's a showcase for his formidable talents as a big band leader and arranger - not much seen since his days with Candentia Nova Danica - featuring an impressive group of second-generation German jazz musicians. Tchicai puts the emphasis on ensemble interplay and compositional prowess, creating a remarkable album that deserves a much-wider audience.
"Not only does this album feature strong soloists, playing in what has now become the 'free tradition,' but it is also quite interesting from the compositional standpoint. The opening track uses pairs of soloists blowing simultaneously over a repeated bluesy, stompin’ saxophone ensemble figure. Nice. Other high points are: Tchicai’s 'Kirke Varløse,' a reworking of Stravinsky’s final theme from the “Firebird Suite”, and a 49-second 'Marsch II,' by Kuchenbuch, with its echoes of European Music Hall. All the saxophones are particularly impressive. Recommended." -- Cadence
"This ensemble deserves its name because it really is a 'who's who' of second-generation of German Free Jazz players, gathered here under the leadership and guidance of John Tchicai. The name emphasizes the group's contributions and the recognition is deserved given high quality and confidence which are demonstrated on this album. It is amazing how naturally serial composition techniques, jazz rhythms, timbres from new music and spontaneous improvisation are combined here together." -- Jazz Podium
Berlin Jazz Workshop Orchestra
Bernhard Arndt: piano
Andreas Boje: trombone
Harald Dau: soprano & tenor saxophone
Wolfgang Fuchs: bass clarinet, sopranino saxophone
Horst Grabosch: cornet
Friedemann Graef: soprano & tenor saxophone
Georg Gräwe: piano
Klaus Henrichs: alto & baritone saxophone
Thomas Keyserling: alto saxophone, flute
Achim Krämer: drums
Ludolf Kuchenbuch: soprano & tenor saxophone
Michel Mast: soprano & tenor saxophone
Bernhard Mergner: trumpet
Albrecht Riermeier: percussion, vibraphone
Mikro Rilling: cello
Hans Schneider: double bass
Nick Steinhaus: alto saxophone
John Tchicai: soprano & alto saxophone, bass clarinet
Thomas Wegel: double bass
Thomas Wiedermann: trombone
Recorded by Jost Gebers from August 21st till 31st,1978, during Workshop Rehearsals at Youth Center Arcostrasse.
CD mastering by Olaf Rupp.
Produced by John Tchicai & Jost Gebers.
Cover design by Wolf Walt.
Photographs by Dagmar Gebers.